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FOUR NOVA SCOTIANS NAMED TO CANADA'S U17 ROSTERS
Oct. 2, 2014

SARNIA, Ont. Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Thursday the three Canadian rosters for the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov. 2-8 in Sarnia-Lambton, Ont.

Four Nova Scotians are among the roster selections.


Defenceman Luke Green (Hammonds Plains/Saint John, QMJHL), the first overall pick by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Entry Draft and forward Michael O’Leary (Halifax/Salisbury School, USHS) will skate together on Team Canada White. Goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick (Lower Sackville/Sherbrooke, QMJHL) will play between the pipes for Team Canada Red while Reilly Pickard (Halifax, Baie-Comeau, QMJHL) will tend goal for Team Canada Black.

 
Luke Green (left) and Michael O'Leary (right).

The tournament will be the first to feature three Canadian national teams – Black, Red and White. From 1986 to 2014, Canada was represented by five regional teams: Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.


“It is an exciting day for Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and national teams with Hockey Canada. “This is a tremendous group of 66 players we have named today, and we’re confident they will represent their country with pride and passion as we kick off a new era for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.”


 
Evan Fitzpatrick (left) and Reilly Pickard (right).

The 66 players were selected by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada's director of player personnel, together with Joël Bouchard, a member of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence management group, and regional scouts Donald Audette (Quebec), Brad McEwen (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic) and Kyle Raftis (Ontario).


Players were evaluated with their club teams early in the 2014-15 season, at Canada’s national under-17 development camp in Calgary, Alta., in August, and during the 2013-14 season, including at three regional under-16 events: the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, OHL Gold Cup and QMJHL Excellence Challenge.

The 24-game World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be centered out of the RBC Centre, home of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, but will also feature games at The Shores Recreation Centre in Lambton Shores, Ont. Those two communities, along with Petrolia, Ont., and Watford, Ont., will host pre-tournament games on Oct. 31.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2014 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE SCHEDULE


Full-tournament ticket packages are now on sale in both host communities; 12-game packages in Sarnia are available for $215, while an 11-game package in Lambton Shores is on sale for $185. Lambton Shores package holders can add tickets to the bronze medal game and gold medal game in Sarnia for an additional $60.


For more information on tickets, including how to purchase, call (519) 541-1717 or visit the RBC Centre box office.




 
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